Last Saturday when listening to one of my favourite radio stations - radioeins, FM4 is the other one :-) - I stumbled upon an interview with this Indie Folk trio hailing from Cologne. We used to be Tourists are currently funding their debut album on German crowdfunding platform Startnext. I talked to Ben about the band, musical inspirations, the crowdfunding (of course) and the upcoming album ...
50K MUSIC: First of all please tell us a bit about the band. How did you get together? Who had the idea of naming the band We used to be Tourists?
Ben: We got together in the late summer of 2012 and met – in a very non-romantic way – on the internet. I was looking for musicians to start a folk band without really knowing in which direction it would go. Isa was among the first people that responded to my ad and we noticed pretty quickly that we were musically compatible. We thought it would be a good idea to come up with a name while looking for more musicians. I remember coming up with We used to be Tourists when thinking of the feeling you have when you’ve lived in a new town for long enough: You used to be a stranger here, but as you get to know the streets and corners, beautiful and ugly spots of the place you get closer and closer to calling it your home. And at one point you realize that you are not a tourist anymore.
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A good old friend needs our support. Fleur Jack is back on Indiegogo. Together with her husband Wesley she's currently crowdfunding the upcoming debut album of The W Lovers. I talked to her about living in Seattle while missing New Zealand, the album and how music crowdfunding has changed over the years ...
50K MUSIC: It's been almost exactly two years ago since we've talked. How has the world been treating you since then?
Fleur: It's crazy to think how quickly time goes by. My son Phoenix will be two on August 12th and it has literally flown by. We played 125 shows in 2014 and we must be up to 50 for this year already, so we've been playing hard, working hard and enjoying parenthood! We've been really busy trying to gain momentum and get our name out there. In the meantime, we've been able to make music our living which hasn't been easy but we've got our head above the water and food in the fridge.
Ende März haben N.I.K.O. auf wemakeit erfolgreich ihre Tour durch Österreich einschließlich zweier Abstecher nach St. Gallen und München finanziert. Ich habe mit Niko, dem Frontmann und offensichtlich Namensgeber der Band über das Crowdfunding, die Tour und die sonstigen Pläne der Band gesprochen ...
50K MUSIC: Erzähl uns erst mal etwas über N.I.K.O. Wo kommt ihr (musikalisch) her, was ist eure Mission?
Niko: Grundsätzlich bin ich vor einigen Jahren den Weg als Rapper unter dem Namen N.I.K.O. angetreten, hab bei Freestylebattles mitgemacht, Songs geschrieben und zwei Alben rausgebracht. Seit Herbst sind wir eine Band, die N.I.K.O. heißt in der Formation wie wir jetzt sind. Drums, Kontrabass, Keys, Gitarre und 3 Backgroundsängerinnen und ich.
50K MUSIC: Ende März habt ihr auf wemakeit euer Crowdfunding für die gerade abgeschlossene Tour erfolgreich beendet. War das eure erste Berührung mit Crowdfunding? Wie habt ihr die Kampagne erlebt?
A few days ago Sash from The Deltahorse got in touch to ask if I could support their crowdfunding campaign on Musicraiser. When digging deeper into their music and corresponding with Sash for a while I was overwhelmed by their commitment. I can't in no sense understand why they haven't reached their funding goal yet. So if you love their music as much as I do please consider to pledge.
I talked to Sash and Vadim about their special way to make music together, the crowdfunding experience and their upcoming album ...
50K MUSIC: Who is The Deltahorse? First of all please tell us a bit about the band.
Sash: Mario, let me first thank you for having us! We appreciate this opportunity, thanks for taking an interest in The Deltahorse. We are an Indie/Alternative band comprised of three members who have never been altogether in the same place at the same time. We are scattered over the globe so we don’t know each other really well. But we appreciate and feel each other, even though there’s this bloody virtual gap standing in the way. If I were to describe our sound I would say The Deltahorse are probably your gritty soundtrack for a night out in a shady bar. Joshua Pickard of nooga.com once described our sound as ’mammoth slabs of thunderous bass, sax riffs and thudding melodies’.
Lucia Lilikoi is well known among Sellaband believers. In 2008 she funded her album Tame The Night with the support of her fans. Now she's back with her new album Vessel and we can create something great again together. I talked to Lucia about her current Indiegogo campaign ...
50K MUSIC: It's been a while since we've talked. I think it was about 6 years ago. How has the world been treating you since then?
Lucia: Hi! it's been a while indeed. I moved to the Bay Area of San Francisco about 3 years ago, where I've met people in the consciousness movement, misfits and freaks like myself. I have been teaching a lot and wrote the original score for a documentary film about renewable energy last year. Building a vegetable garden and learning about the natural beauty here. Oh, I've also been writing, recording and producing songs for my new album, Vessel.
50K MUSIC: For everyone who doesn't know you already, please tell us a bit about yourself. Where do you come from, what are your roots?
Lucia: I'm trying to figure that out myself! I come from the stars, like most of us. But I was born in Sevilla, Spain, and grew up in a town near Madrid called Majadahonda. When I was 16 my whole family embarked on a trip across the Ocean to Malibu, California. Since then I lived in Boston, travelled around a lot and now I live in Marin, north of San Francisco.
It's been a while since I've talked to Sasha but due to being a bit ill and really busy over the last weeks I haven't managed to publish it earlier (so some questions might not be as current as they should be). But there's still time to support her debut album project on Kickstarter. Enjoy reading ...
50K MUSIC: For a start, who are you? Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Sasha: Hey! I am Sasha. I'm a Brooklyn based musician and i'm a serious traveler so nothing is ever set in stone. By this time next year I might be in Berlin or Tel Aviv or Colorado :) It seems like I'm constantly shifting my destiny. Or at least I want to believe I do, despite the knowledge that density is really not up for me to design. When I was 6 my (musician) parents took me, my brother and everything they owned and moved to israel. At the age of seven I started dancing and never left the stage since. Inspiration is my biggest friend, patience is my hardest lesson, gratitude makes me stronger and LOVE is everything to me. I'm an eternal optimist but at the same time extremely realistic and grounded. I still didn't figure out if this combination is a blessing or a curse. But it's who I am so i guess it's a blessing! Man, I feel like i just wrote a bio for a dating site :)
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